|TEXAS ( LEWIS )|
TORONTO ( STROMAN )
|915||TEXAS||+155||Ov 9.5,+100||+170||Ov 9,+100|
|916||TORONTO||-165||Un 9.5,-120||-180||Un 9,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||28-39||-12.4||29-34||3.6||0.251||0.304||4.6||0.271||0.333|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-6.6||4-3||3.9||0.242||0.275||7.1||0.323||0.367|
|vs Right-handed Starters||36-33||+2.5||32-35||4.6||0.258||0.323||4.4||0.260||0.329|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.2||3-4||3.6||0.264||0.315||5.1||0.270||0.344|
|7/5/2014||LEWIS(R)||@ NY METS||COLON(R)||5-3||W||105||7 un||O||11||6||1||9||8||0|
|7/6/2014||TEPESCH(R)||@ NY METS||WHEELER(R)||4-8||L||110||7.5 un||O||10||8||0||7||4||0|
|7/10/2014||LEWIS(R)||LA ANGELS||SANTIAGO(L)||6-15||L||+120||9.5 un||O||9||5||2||17||3||1|
|7/11/2014||TEPESCH(R)||LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)||0-3||L||+160||9.5 un||U||6||8||1||8||2||2|
|7/12/2014||MIKOLAS(R)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)||2-5||L||+145||9.5 ov||U||4||7||1||11||9||1|
|7/13/2014||BAKER(R)||LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)||7-10||L||+140||10 un||O||10||2||1||15||9||0|
|7/18/2014||DARVISH(R)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)||5-1||W||-110||7.5 un||U||8||4||0||7||9||0|
|7/19/2014||LEWIS(R)||@ TORONTO||STROMAN(R)|| |
|7/20/2014||TEPESCH(R)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)|| |
|7/21/2014||MIKOLAS(R)||@ NY YANKEES||GREENE(R)|| |
|7/22/2014||MARTINEZ(R)||@ NY YANKEES||WHITLEY(R)|| |
|7/23/2014||DARVISH(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)|| |
|7/24/2014||LEWIS(R)||@ NY YANKEES||MCCARTHY(R)|| |
|7/26/2014|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|7/5/2014||BUEHRLE(L)||@ OAKLAND||KAZMIR(L)||1-5||L||130||7.5 un||U||5||5||0||12||8||0|
|7/6/2014||HUTCHISON(R)||@ OAKLAND||SAMARDZIJA(R)||2-4||L||130||7.5 ev||U||5||3||1||11||10||0|
|7/7/2014||HAPP(L)||@ LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)||2-5||L||160||8.5 ev||U||6||4||1||10||10||0|
|7/8/2014||DICKEY(R)||@ LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)||4-0||W||160||8 un||U||14||7||0||5||5||0|
|7/9/2014||STROMAN(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||7-8||L||135||8 un||O||12||12||1||10||5||3|
|7/11/2014||BUEHRLE(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||8-5||W||125||7 ov||O||11||7||0||11||9||0|
|7/12/2014||HUTCHISON(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)||3-10||L||110||7.5 un||O||9||8||0||12||9||1|
|7/13/2014||DICKEY(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||0-3||L||170||6.5 un||U||5||5||0||6||8||0|
|7/24/2014||STROMAN(R)||BOSTON|| || |
|7/25/2014||BUEHRLE(L)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|7/26/2014|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|TEXAS: ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Texas Rangers are already hurting significantly even before the start of a new season.|
In a span of three days the week before opening day, the Rangers scratched ace Yu Darvish from that scheduled start because of neck stiffness, and found out they would be without second baseman Jurickson Profar and catcher Geovany Soto for 10 to 12 weeks each because of injuries.
Sure, the Rangers know there are going to be injuries during the season.
''We just didn't expect it to be all at this point,'' general manager Jon Daniels said.
The Rangers, after missing the playoffs last year for the first time in four seasons, already knew they would be missing lefty starters Matt Harrison and Derek Holland to start the season.
At least Harrison, who had a mild setback early in camp after his back issues last season, should return within the first month. Holland could miss at least half the season because of left knee surgery after being tripped by his dog on stairs in his home in January.
The only three position players remaining from the Rangers' last World Series in 2011 also missed games this spring with lesser nagging issues. But shortstop Elvis Andrus, third baseman Adrian Beltre and designated hitter Mitch Moreland should all be in the lineup Monday against Philadelphia.
After missing the playoffs for the first time in four years and scoring their fewest runs (730) in a full season since 1992, the Rangers' two most significant offseason moves were to improve their offense.
They got durable slugger Prince Fielder from Detroit by trading Ian Kinsler, a move that cleared the way Profar to be an everyday player. Free agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo was signed to a seven-year deal - the same time left on Fielder's contract - to take over the leadoff spot.
Only Mike Trout (564) and two-time AL MVP Miguel Cabrera (562) reached base more the past two season than Choo (556) and Fielder (542), who has the longest active streak in the majors playing in 505 consecutive regular-season games - and 809 of 810 the past five years.
''I just want Prince to be Prince,'' said manager Ron Washington, starting his eighth season in Texas. ''I just want him to do what he does, and let everyone else does what they do, and everything will work out.''
|TORONTO: TORONTO (AP) - All winter long, the Blue Jays' primary concern was upgrading the starting pitching. The biggest story in Toronto this spring, though, is the one about the free agent arm that got away.|
After months of inaction, the Blue Jays thought they'd landed right-hander Ervin Santana on a one-year deal in early March. But when injury concerns flared up in Atlanta, Santana signed a similar deal with the Braves instead.
''I think it's pretty obvious we were involved, it didn't work out. I'm trying to take the high road here,'' general manager Alex Anthopoulos said after Santana turned him down, saying he'd rather pitch in a spacious National League park than face AL East foes in Toronto's hitter-friendly dome.
Anthopoulos, who'd previously come ''extremely close'' to acquiring a starter through trade, must now start the season with almost the same staff he took north last year. Right-handed knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, the 2012 NL Cy Young winner, will be the opening-day starter again, while left-hander Mark Buehrle gets the third slot.
But none of the other three leading contenders, right-handers Brandon Morrow and Drew Hutchison, and left-hander J.A. Happ, have ever pitched 200 innings, and all three are coming off injuries. Morrow was limited to 10 starts last year by a nerve problem in his forearm, Hutchison hasn't pitched in the majors since elbow surgery in 2012, and Happ missed most of 2013 after being hit in the head by a line drive. Happ dimmed his own chances with an awful spring.
Santana, who has topped the 200-inning mark five times, would have given the Blue Jays valuable depth. Without him, there's more chance they'll need starts from touted but untested youngsters like Kyle Drabek, Sean Nolin, and Marcus Stroman.
Still, a confident Dickey insisted Santana would have been more ''bonus'' than ''necessity'' to Toronto. ''I feel like we have what we need,'' he said.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (TEXAS-TORONTO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rangers-Blue Jays Preview* ===========================
By JON PALMIERI STATS Editor
Texas (38-57) at Toronto (49-47), 1:07 p.m. EDT
The Texas Rangers are one of only two major league teams to win 90 games in each of the past four seasons.
It seems a pretty safe bet that run won't be extended.
Consecutive wins have been rare for the Rangers, who will turn to a pitcher coming off perhaps the worst start in franchise history Saturday as they seek a second straight win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Texas had World Series aspirations this season after failing to reach the playoffs for the first time in four years in 2013 despite winning 91 games. A 15-9 start appeared to signal the Rangers (39-57) would again be in the postseason mix, but they've gone 24-48 since and now find themselves with the worst record in the majors.
A playoff spot is all but out of the question for Texas, which joined Tampa Bay as the only 90-win teams the last four seasons.
The Rangers opened the second half Friday with a rare victory, ending their second eight-game losing streak of the past month with a 5-1 win at Toronto. J.P. Arencibia hit a three-run homer against his former team and Adrian Beltre added a solo shot as Texas won for the fourth time in 26 games.
"It was a solid game all the way around," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "We made all the plays. That's the way we have to continue to play."
Friday's loss was the third straight and ninth in 11 games for Toronto (49-48), which fell into a second-place tie with the Yankees in the AL East.
"We have to play good for a few weeks, consistently," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons told MLB's official website. "We need to do that. We're still in this thing. It can go one way or another."
Yu Darvish proved too much for the slumping Blue Jays, who have totaled 29 runs and batted .171 with runners in scoring position during that 11-game span.
Colby Rasmus' seventh-inning homer was Toronto's first in five contests, its longest drought of the season.
Beltre remains a big bright spot in an otherwise dreadful season for the Rangers. The All-Star third baseman is batting .425 with six homers and 17 RBIs in his last 22 games.
There's nowhere to go but up for Texas' Colby Lewis (6-6, 6.54 ERA), who endured a dreadful outing his last time out. He was charged with a club-record 13 runs - 11 earned - over 2 1-3 innings in a 15-6 loss to the Angels on July 10. The righty also gave up a career-worst 13 hits, while his ERA increased by more than a full run.
"I never got the opportunity to make pitches," Lewis said. "It all happened so quickly. My game has always been to attack hitters, get ahead in the count and get outs. It was one of those days. I got beat, plain and simple."
Facing the Blue Jays doesn't seem an ideal way for Lewis to bounce back since he's compiled a 7.58 ERA in eight career starts against them.
Jose Bautista is 4 for 11 with a pair of homers off Lewis.
Also coming off an outing he'd rather forget is Marcus Stroman (4-2, 4.05), who was tagged for six runs and eight hits over 3 2-3 innings July 9 against the Angels, but escaped without a decision in an 8-7 loss.
That performance was in stark contrast to the rookie's first seven starts, a stretch in which he posted a 2.08 ERA while completing at least six innings six times.
Stroman is 3-1 with a 2.20 ERA in five home starts, walking five and striking out 30.
|Last Updated: 9/17/2014 6:35:32 AM EST|